Edel Grace

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Who Needs One Topic Blog Posts?

Feb 17, 2013 | Comments

I quit Tumblr for Lent. It’s only been a couple of days, and I’ve accumulated so many Tumblr blog posts in my mind and it’s kinda driving me crazy. So crazy to the point where a Tumblr and serious blog crossover is inevitable. Tumblr posts are mostly Twitter-like in nature, except ten times the sarcasm, ten times the ironic usage of poor grammar and spelling, and ten times that length. Not to mention the heavily fangirling where everyone assumes that everyone else knows what they’re talking about, even if they’re not in the fandom (I tried so hard to make this sentence make sense but this is all I got).

Ugh no wow stop

Attractive engineering guy is really attractive. I haven’t seen him since like semester. Now I go to a different lecture for my statics course because my statics prof confuses me. I found out that attractive engineering guy was in the lecture and we’ve been sitting together lately. It’s nice. I love watching his mouth when he talks. One side of his mouth goes crooked. Really cute. Although he tends to mumble/speak really softly. Combined with the accent I’m constantly saying “Pardon? Oh goodness, sorry, I didn’t hear that… What? Say that again? … Pardon?” I also noticed that his hair seems to look lighter. I thought it was jet black (or really close to black) but now it looks like a warm and dark chestnut. I also feel stupid now, he got a B+ in the subject I did the worst in and said he wasn’t smart. Brb crying in a corner now.

jAKE
Look at Jake, all smug at how he ruined our family dinner.

JAKE WHY

Today the family and I were eating a nice, quiet dinner and then Homestuck got updated. I know this because my dad suddenly said, “Do you hear that?” It was the sound of my laptop blasting Cascade, the song my update checking software plays every time there’s a new Homestuck update. I wanted to go turn it off but my mom was all, “No! Stay at the dinner table, no one’s supposed to leave until we’re all done eating!” So we spent the rest of the dinner awkwardly talking over Cascade while I was drowning in tons of Cascade related feels.

HOLY CRAP, THAT UPD8

KARKAT IS BACK. HOLY ADKHFJKLASDHFKLAJSHF. YES. BBY I MISS YOU. I MISS ALL THE TROLLS. VRISKA WHERE ARE YOUUUU.

WAIT IS HE TALKING INTO A LOBSTER.

(Note: This is a typical Tumblr post for me. Yeah. Tumblr culture is significantly different than the sophisticated blogosphere).

I’m srsly so stupid

My chem lab partner is kinda cute, hahahahahaha

*flied out the window*

But I seriously ruined our lab experiment and I just. WHY??

I take reading week seriously

I went to the library today and got some awesome possum books. I was delighted to see that my local library had the “blind date with a book” booth set up. So I picked one up. It was labelled as “a wonderfully woven tapestry” or something like that. At first I was like, OH GOD A BOOK ABOUT TAPESTRIES HOW HARD CORE IS THAT THIS BOOK SPEAKS TO ME. But it’s actually a book about India. That’s cool too, but I was disappointed. One day I’m going to write a book about five little old ladies in a tapestry weaving club. Now that’s hard core. (I’m not even joking I’ve got the whole thing planned out).

Always there

To the man and his son who I never fail to see every Saturday sitting in front of the religious books whenever I go to Fish Creek,

I assume the worst. The public library is public after all. The first two times I saw you two sitting there, I thought nothing of it. But both times neither of you were looking at the books. This time you were just holding your son, both of you in your own world. I don’t know your story. I don’t know why you’re always here. But I hope that whatever happens in your life, it will only be good things.

Where are you from?

Person: Where are you from?

Me: Canada

Person: No like, where are you from?

Me: Canada???

Person: NO. WHERE. ARE. YOU. FROM?

I got this question asked to me yesterday. Twice. I decided to not be sassy and just said, “I’m Filipino. I was born here.” But it’s funny whenever people ask me that question. Kinda like how they assume everyone’s an immigrant (which is technically true if you go far back enough and if you’re not First Nations).

Those midterms gfdi

I had two midterms today. Pretty sure I failed both of them. I’m 100% sure I’ll do better on the remaining midterms though because I actually know what’s going on in those courses.

It’s weird how that after I write I write a hard test, I am filled with self loathing. Not just the “wow I’m so stupid why do I procrastinate I hate myself” self loathing you’d expect after an academic failure but the “wow I’m a horrible person like that one time I said a bad thing about that one person x years ago” kind of self loathing. I don’t understand how that works.

Can’t wait for summer!

It’s official. We’re going to the Philippines for the month of May! My mom just picked up the plane tickets a couple of days ago. I’m super excited. I can’t wait. I just need to get through this gosh darn awful semester first. Hopefully it’ll happen…

The Charter for Compassion (TL;DR Everyone Needs to Get Along)

Jan 6, 2013 | Comments

As a Catholic, I’m always working towards understanding my faith, living my faith, properly representing my faith, and lately: being in harmony with those who do not share my faith. A couple of years ago, I was an ignorant little brat, believing myself better than others who didn’t actually identify as Catholic despite going to a Catholic school. That mentality quickly faded away once high school began but that didn’t mean that I became “any less Catholic.”

I tried my best to keep a delicate balance between my more secular values and my, well, not so secular values. It’s hard. I still try to do this today. More often than not, my secular values seem to dominate over everything else but I still have this longing to grow in my faith and fully live it out.

Earlier on this semester, the campus bookstore was having a hallway sale. It was my break time, I had nothing better to do and the prices seemed cheap enough, so I went ahead and browsed for around half an hour. There were a couple of books that intrigued me but there was one book that kept me coming back to it. “Through the Narrow Gate: Life In and Out of the Convent” by Karen Armstrong.

This book is a memoir of Armstrong’s first 20 or so years of her life. In this journey we see her as a child, a young teenaged girl, a nun, and then back to a child. Despite the fact that the back of the book advertised the author’s falling out Catholicism and/or the convent, I bought it anyway. It was a great read and I completely fell in love with Ms. Armstrong’s writing.

Recently, I downloaded Apple’s “iTunes U” app for my iPod, hoping to find some interesting stuff about engineering and/or librarianship. I was quickly thrown off track with TED talks. Quickly browsing through some of their “courses” I decided to download “Understanding Islam.” One of my favourite videos in this course is “The Charter for Compassion.”

Once I saw Armstrong’s face appeared on the screen, I did not know it was her but I did know that she looked familiar. As she did her little intro and started talking in her English accent (in Through the Narrow Gate she mentions going to Oxford), I noticed her immediately.

In “The Charter for Compassion” Ms. Armstrong first talks about her fascination with Islam. She notes the similarities or the references Islam has with Christianity. Here comes the zinger: Ms. Armstrong then suggests that all religions expresses tolerance towards each other and therefore, she is launching. a “charter for compassion” that is devoted to uniting people of all faiths. It will promote true compassion towards the other and just being a decent human being.

Ms. Armstrong’s vision is beautiful. Unfortunately, it is not realistic but we can come close to it. If only the whole world could look upon other religions with the same curiosity and respect that she does.

If you are interested in signing this charter, you can go here. If you want to watch Ms. Armstrong speak for herself, click here.

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My name is Edel Grace Altares. My programming interests include full stack development and back end development. My languages of choice are Python and Java. Outside of programming I enjoy crocheting, video games, cats, historical fiction, and reading.

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